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Restorative

At White Bluff Smiles, we believe that a happy smile is a healthy smile. We definitely understand what it’s like have a sweet tooth, but if this is combined with negligence of oral hygiene, this can lead to a vast array of potential problems. It is absolutely necessary that damaged teeth or gums are tended to right away by a skilled dentist to prevent further damage that could be avoided. Dr. Valerie Allen offers comprehensive restorative dentistry treatments so patients can enjoy healthy, beautiful, functioning smile. Dr. Allen and her team will do everything possible to restore and save damaged or decayed teeth from extractions. When problems arise with the teeth or gums, trouble eating or speaking may be experienced, or you may feel continuous discomfort or pain, affecting your overall quality of life. To learn more about restorative dentistry, contact us today.

Restorative Dentistry Services

Brushing and flossing aren’t enough to maintain optimal dental health. You should visit the dentist every six months for general dentistry services, in which we will examine your teeth and gums, and perform a thorough cleaning and polishing. If any problems are detected, we can recommend restorative dentistry treatment right away, which may include:

  • Dental crowns, also known as caps, are customized tooth coverings that are placed over significantly damaged teeth. Dental crowns can be made from metal, ceramic, or porcelain, and are useful for restoring strength to a decayed, fractured, or broken tooth. Dental crowns match the size, shape, and overall appearance of your natural teeth, and are a long-lasting solution. They are also effective in preventing further damage from occurring.

  • Dental bridges are an excellent solution for closing gaps in a person’s smile caused by missing teeth or previously extracted teeth. A bridge consists of two dental crowns with a prosthetic tooth in between. The two crowns are placed over the existing teeth on either side of the gap/space, and the false tooth is placed in the gap. Dental bridges are strong and can last over 10 years with proper dental hygiene. Missing teeth can cause a wide range of oral health problems ranging from periodontal disease, tooth decay, bone loss, loss of additional teeth, and TMJ complications. Dental bridges are an excellent option in preventing these complications.

  • White dental fillings are a safe and effective way to update silver amalgam fillings. Made from a white composite resin material, these fillings are inconspicuous and durable for teeth that need a small to moderate size restoration.

  • Gum disease can be treated at our office with a simple scaling and root planing procedure, in which we thoroughly clean down to the tooth roots and in between the gums and the teeth. If you are diagnosed with an advanced form of gum disease, periodontitis, antibiotics or surgery may be necessary. We will do everything possible to prevent having to extract the tooth. The best way to avoid gum disease is to practice good oral health habits at home and visit your dental hygienist regularly!